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Abortion rights protesters in Louisville, Ky., after the Supreme Court announced it had voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. On Monday, abortion rights advocates filed a lawsuit arguing that the Kentucky state constitution protects the right to abortion. Jon Cherry/Getty Images hide caption

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With Roe overturned, state constitutions are now at the center of the abortion fight

In a sense, what was one battleground has become 50, as advocates on both sides of the abortion issue race to put the issue before state constitutions. Half a dozen lawsuits are already in court.

Mesa County clerk Tina Peters, who lost the GOP primary for Colorado secretary of state, was indicted in March on 11 felony and misdemeanor charges related to allegations that she and others tampered with secure voting equipment and software. She talks to well-wishers on April 5, 2022, at a rally staged to voice concerns about free and fair elections at the State Capitol in Denver. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Election denial is a losing message as centrist Republicans sweep Colorado primaries

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The centrist side of Colorado's Republican Party easily won all three statewide primaries Tuesday, sweeping away right-wing challengers who had focused on election denial and culture wars.

Working Dogs for Conservation trainer Michele Vasquez clips a vest onto Charlie, a Labrador retriever, to let him know he's working. Dogs like Charlie will help sniff out chronic wasting disease in deer and elk scat. They will also help find mink and otter droppings that can be tested for toxic substances near illegal dumpsites. Aaron Bolton/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Dogs are sniffing out disease in animals vital to traditions of the Blackfeet tribe

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Montana's Blackfeet Nation is experimenting with a new way to detect chronic wasting disease in animals and toxic substances in plants used by tribal members for food and cultural practices.

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On Martha's Vineyard, tribal elders work to restore land to its pre-colonial state


On the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe are trying to restore land to the way it looked, smelled and sounded pre-colonialism.

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Maria Ressa announced in a speech in Hawaii, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, that the Philippine government is affirming a previous order to shut down Rappler, the news website she co-founded. Hakon Mosvold Larsen/AP hide caption

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A journalist says the Philippines is shutting down her critical news site

Maria Ressa, the first Filipino Nobel Peace Prize recipient, says the government is closing Rappler, which gained notoriety for its reporting of President Duterte's bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.

Blu Cornell (left) and her mom Sarah Adams-Cornell (right) remember having "the talk" when Blu decided she wanted to be sexually active. Sarah said wanting to keep her daughter safe outweighed the awkwardness. Allison Herrera/KOSU hide caption

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Long before Roe v. Wade was overturned, Indigenous women faced barriers to abortion


Until recently, birth control wasn't widely available at Indian Health Service clinics, and even now access to emergency contraceptives including Plan B is still sporadic and often requires a prescription.

New York Congressman Lee Zeldin listens as he prepares to participate in the Republican primary debate for governor, Monday June 13, 2022, in New York. Zeldin won the primary Tuesday. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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In New York, the race for governor will be between Hochul and Zeldin

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Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul will face Lee Zeldin, a Republican congressman, in the New York race for governor. The state has more than twice as many registered Democrats than Republicans.

Darren Bailey, Illinois state Senator and Republican candidate for governor, speaks alongside former President Donald Trump on Saturday, June 25, 2022, during a rally at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Mendon, Ill. Trump has endorsed Bailey in the race. Brian Munoz/St. Louis Public Radio hide caption

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Conservative Illinois state Sen. Darren Bailey wins GOP primary for governor


Republican Darren Bailey, who is backed by former President Donald Trump, will face Democrat and billionaire Gov. JB Pritzker on the Illinois ballot for governor in November.

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Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister delivers a report on Epic Charter Schools during a news conference June 21, 2022, in Oklahoma City. She will challenge Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt in November. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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In Oklahoma, former Republican Joy Hofmeister will face Gov. Kevin Stitt in November


In Oklahoma, state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister left the GOP to run against Gov. Kevin Stitt who fiercely opposes abortion rights, defends gun rights and is endorsed by former President Trump.

Soldiers patrol near the TotalEnergies complex in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. Last year the insurgency caused TotalEnergies to put onshore operations on hold. But Italy's ENI and ExxonMobil are moving ahead with a new floating LNG ship offshore. It plans to deliver its first LNG later this year. Simon Wohlfahrt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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War in Ukraine is driving demand for Africa's natural gas. That's controversial

The African natural gas industry is booming as Europe looks to replace Russian supplies. But some worry new African gas projects don't make financial sense in a warming world.

University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas at the 2022 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in February. Thomas, a transgender woman, has been at the center of the debate around transgender athletes. Kathryn Riley/Getty Images hide caption

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Americans are deeply divided on transgender rights, a poll shows

An NPR/Ipsos poll shows a stark partisan split on laws that prevent transgender youth from accessing medical care for gender transition.

Ari and TR Brooks stood on the land where their new home would be built the day they agreed to buy it back in February of 2021. But the home is still not completed and mortgage rates have risen dramatically. TR Brooks hide caption

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Americans are struggling with rising mortgage rates while waiting for their homes to be built

Many Americans put down deposits of $20,000 or more with builders to put up new homes. But with mortgage rates rising, some can no longer afford their future residences. And they could lose their deposits.

An abortion-rights activist holds up a flare outside the Constitutional Court in Bogotá, Colombia, in February. The court later ruled that people can get abortions until the 24th week of pregnancy without any permits from lawyers or doctors. Fernando Vergara/AP hide caption

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The end of Roe has implications for abortion rights around the globe

International rights groups have long warned that overturning Roe v. Wade could weaken abortion rights in other countries, potentially leading some nations to adopt new restrictive laws.

A voter presents identification at a polling site for the 2020 elections in New Orleans. The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a lower court's order for the creation of a second majority Black congressional district in the state. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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The Supreme Court has delayed creating a majority Black voting district in Louisiana

After a lower court found a Louisiana congressional map likely dilutes votes of Black voters, the Supreme Court put on hold an order for a second majority Black congressional district to be created.

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